A Sad Example, One of Many

After freshman year, grants and scholarships may disappear for any number of reasons — some justified, some not. Source: Why Upperclassmen Lose Financial Aid – The New York Times I commented. This young lady sounds depressingly like another example of what our corrupted system of higher education has been doing to young people – and […]

The Best in Alia Wong’s Atlantic Series

Student applicants are treated like consumers. Source: How the U.S. News Ranks Make Applying to College A Commercial Experience – The Atlantic Here is what I wrote. I’m a former math professor. I taught at an “elite” school – Washington University in St. Louis. From my perspective, this series – especially the final installment – […]

An Excellent Series of Articles in the Atlantic

“Far too many students are learning to do whatever it takes to get ahead—even if that means sacrificing individuality, health, happiness, ethical principles, and behavior.” Source: What Values Really Matter in the College Application Process? – The Atlantic This is part of a series of three articles by Alia Wong.  I recommend them all.  I […]

Why Would I Comment on Something I Haven’t Read?

Admissions officers tell their own children that high school is far more than just a pathway to college — it’s a time for maturation, self-discovery, learning and fun. Source: Advice College Admissions Officers Give Their Own Kids Here’s why. As a former college professor, I know better than to read this – and I strongly […]

Learning About Universities Emotional Grip By Using Frank Bruni As an Example

A new report suggests that we’re on the cusp of important, necessary changes in the way colleges evaluate applicants. Source: Rethinking College Admissions – The New York Times I promised I would have another comment. Here it is. As a former professor (who is frightened out of my wits by what I know and the […]

Frank Bruni of The New York Times Was Getting It But Now He May Be Slipping

A new report suggests that we’re on the cusp of important, necessary changes in the way colleges evaluate applicants. Source: Rethinking College Admissions – The New York Times Above it the link to his recent column.  Here is what I wrote. (I will add another comment soon.) I’m a former math professor who has seen […]

How Do Colleges Use FAFSA? I Have Some Notions

A suggestion to remove the college financial aid form called Fafsa led to a discussion that touched on empathy, coddling and fraud. Source: Readers’ Turn: Eliminate Fafsa? – The New York Times Here is what I wrote – which means I think a lot of it should be eliminated, especially if it is misused. “I […]

Harvard Admissions Needs ‘Moneyball for Life’ – The New York Times

The university should start filtering for self-importance, and future big donors. Source: Harvard Admissions Needs ‘Moneyball for Life’ – The New York Times

College Admissons, Didn’t Get In? Maybe Celebrate!

How to Survive the College Admissions Madness – NYTimes.com. Here is my take. I taught math at one of those “elite” schools. (Wash. Univ. in St Louis) and my advice (in many cases) is not to “relax” if you didn’t get into some of them, but CELEBRATE. Celebrate because many schools are “elite” only in […]